A picot edge adds a wonderful decorative detail to a piece. I recently finished “hot oatmeal” which is a lovely shawl with a picot bind-off. You can see the pretty detail the picot adds to the shawl, and this shawl has not even been blocked yet. After blocking, the picots will stand out even more.
Like most things in knitting, the picot bind-off is a very simple technique that really jazzes up your knitted piece. The technique involves casting on, then binding off extra stitches to create the picot bumps. You then bind off an equal number of stitches between the picot bumps so they are spaced evenly. It’s really as simple as that. Picots can be made in different sizes. Creating a picot by casting on and binding off 2 extra stitches per picot bump seems to look the best in my projects. To create a 2 stitch picot bind off, you would cast on 2 extra stitches at the beginning of the row to be bound off. Then bind off 4 stitches (2 for the picot bump which are the extra 2 stitches you cast on, then 2 from the project edge that will space out the picot bumps). Here is a step by step guide to the picot bind-off.
1. Cast on 2 stitches at beginning of bind-off row
4. REPEAT steps 1-3 until all stitches are bound off.
In this picture, 1 picot has been made and the additional stitches have been cast on to start the next picot.
About half the stitches have been bound off in the picot method.
Always remember to account for extra time and extra yarn to complete the picot bind-off.